Shreveport: Friday qualifying notes

SHREVEPORT, La. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals courtesy of in Shreveport, La. TOP FUEL Bruce Litton - Litton is the defending champion for this event. The veteran enclosed trailer dealership...

SHREVEPORT, La. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals courtesy of in Shreveport, La.


Bruce Litton - Litton is the defending champion for this event. The veteran enclosed trailer dealership owner from Indianapolis didn't get off to a good start as he smoked the tires and coasted to a 11.654, 89.38. He is currently unqualified for the program.


Terry McMillen - The electrical engineer from Elkhart, Ind., opened qualifying with a conservative effort. McMillen, who sports the livery of Amalie Oil opened with the 8th quickest lap with a 6.155, 233.64. He sat out the final qualifying session and concluded as the 11th seeded entry.

Laurie Cannister - Cannister, the executive assistant from Clinton, Pa., is bringing her freshman season as a Funny Car driver to an impressive conclusion. Her first qualifying attempt was a classic battle of winning the battle but losing the war. She made the show with the fifth quickest lap, a 5.925, 237.17. The losing part is that she kicked the rods through the block. A mad thrash ensued and she made it back, putting up a 5.947.

John Vouros - The Vouros from Victor, N.Y., made a strong point right off of the bat. He emerged as the early leader in qualifying with a 5.851, 237.34. Vouros failed to improve on his earlier run and remained in the second spot. He remained consistent with a 5.855.


Paul Athey/Johnny Rocca - The Leesburg, Va.-based Ironhorse holds good memories from Red River Raceway. It was just two years ago that the supercharged 1951 Mercury stormed to the Mopar Performance Parts Pro Modified Shootout title. The Mohegan Sun Casinos-sponsored entry, which is driven by Paul Athey got off to an excellent start in Friday qualifying with a 6.332, 224.25. In the final attempt on the first day, he stepped up with a 6.287, 224.40 to end the day as the fifth qualifier.

Alan Pittman -The Pelzer, SC-based driver has high hopes of finishing the season in the same capacity that he began it with - a win. The veteran driver of Ken and Sylvia Westbrook's 1941 Willys battled some tire-shake and stormed to a 6.359, 221.92. In the final attempt of the day, he covered every square inch of his lane and still improved to the 10th spot with a 6.327, 222.95.

Ed Hoover - Hoover is looking for a second win in 2001 and nothing would suit him better to win Saturday's shootout. The driver of Paul Trussell's 1963 Corvette form Columbia, SC., found a good baseline with a 6.327, 222.95. In the final session, he suffered mechanical failure and left parts on the racing surface. He concluded qualifying as the ninth entry.

Chip King - The Hemi racer from Semora, NC, got off to a good start in his potent Dodge Avenger R/T. King stepped up to the plate and delivered a 6.367, 223.50. He claimed the ninth spot. He failed to improve in his final attempt and slipped one spot to the tenth position.

Team Castellana - With team owner Mike Castellana opting to sit out the rescheduled event, the two-time Pro Modified champion Shannon Jenkins of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was in attendance and made a statement with a 6.282, 222.84, the quickest nitrous pass of the session and the third quickest in the field. He returned in the final session and stepped up in a big way with a 6.261, 223.73. His run left him in the second spot and he retained the quickest nitrous ranking.


John Montecalvo - The Center Moriches, NY.-based, Citgo-sponsored driver came to the line in his first qualifying session with every intention of making it to the top half of the field. Montecalvo blasted out a 6.580, 210.97 to ascend into the second spot. He failed to improve, but was close with a 6.590, 211.06. He concluded the day as the second quickest.

Dwayne Rice - The third driver on the Moser Engineering Pro Stock knows that he has one last chance to claim a victory in a season that opened with lots of promise. The 31-year old excavator from Grove City, Ohio, posted a 6.632, 209.33 to claim the seventh spot. His final attempt on the day netted an aborted attempt. He ended Friday's qualifying as the eighth quickest.

Gene Wilson - Wilson entered the final event of the 2001 season with a chance to tie Bob Glidden's single-season win mark. The newly crowned champion from Canton, Ga., let his intentions be known from the start as he pushed the Charlie Hunt Cougar to the top spot with a 6.571, 212.37. Wilson retained the top spot despite failing to improve with a 6.594, 211.16.


The current qualifiers for the LIZZARD RACING Top Sportsman Quick Eight are as follows: <pre> 1. Mark Parker 6.828, 205.35 2. Ronnie Davis 6.926, 201.37 3. Tim Savell 6.954, 196.27 4. Steve Splawn 7.005, 194.74 5. Earl Folse 7.043, 195.87 6. Bob Mandell 7.059, 191.46 7. Will Roberson 7.099, 190.92 8. Bryan Stover 7.167, 191.59


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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Johnny Rocca , Bruce Litton , Alan Pittman , Paul Athey , Chip King , Bob Glidden , Gene Wilson , Tim Savell , John Vouros , Dwayne Rice , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Terry McMillen